In The School

Student Told to Remove Her Cross Necklace

Posted October 12th, 2013

Audrey Jarvis

Audrey Jarvis’ story shows what can be achieved when even one person takes a courageous stand for our First Amendment rights. Her story made headlines across the country, opening the eyes of Americans to growing and outrageous assaults on religious freedom in our nation’s schools and universities.

The Facts

  • Audrey Jarvis, a student at Sonoma State University, was working for the university’s Associated Students Production (“ASP”) organization at a student orientation fair.
  • At the event, her supervisor told her to remove her cross necklace.
  • The supervisor told Jarvis that the chancellor had a policy against wearing religious items and said the cross necklace “might offend others, it might make incoming students feel unwelcome, or it might cause incoming students to feel that ASP was not an organization they should join.”
  • The supervisor approached Jarvis a second time and told her to put the cross under her shirt or remove it.
  • With the assistance of Liberty Institute attorneys, Jarvis, a devout Catholic, filed a religious accommodation request with the university.
  • Sonoma State University officials did the right thing and launched an investigation into the incident. University spokeswoman Susan Kashack said, “It’s possible that political correctness got out of hand.”
  • In July 2013, Sonoma State University issued a formal apology to Audrey Jarvis.

We are seeing more and more of these cases throughout our nation’s schools. Radical groups like the ACLU and Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) have created a culture of fear that is sweeping across the country. America’s public schools – from small elementary schools to large universities – are so afraid of potential lawsuits, that they infringe upon the constitutional rights of students to freely express their religious beliefs.

But Audrey Jarvis’ case shows that when people of faith take a stand . . . and receive expert legal help . . . hostility to religion can be defeated.

Please give now to Liberty Institute to help protect religious freedom for students like Audrey Jarvis and others across America. Liberty Institute has a 99% win rate. Your generous financial support enables us to fight back against misinformed government school officials and well-funded groups like the ACLU and FFRF.


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